If diet and exercise have not worked in the past, weight loss surgery may be an option. Bariatric surgery is the most effective tool to date for achieving significant long-term weight loss. Our Bariatric Surgery Program views the treatment of morbid obesity as a lifelong commitment that incorporates a change in diet, exercise and permanent lifestyle changes.
You’ll find weight loss surgery options at hospitals and clinics all over Eastern Pennsylvania, but choosing the right program will be one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. When you trust Crozer Health with your weight loss and lifelong health, our friendly and experienced staff will be with you every step of the way.
At the Crozer Health Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program, we believe reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is a lifelong commitment. But, surgery is just one part of Crozer Health’s Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program. We’ll give you the tools and teach you how to use them – but your success depends on how you use those tools.
Bariatric Patients: Real People, Real Stories
Your First Step on the Road to Healthy Weight Loss
The Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program offers free bariatric surgery educational seminars where all of the available surgical options are explained in detail, including how our program works, the procedures we perform and what processes are involved when considering weight loss surgery. Most importantly, these seminars help to answer the question: Is bariatric surgery right for you?
Choosing the Right Procedure for You
When it comes to bariatric surgery, one size definitely does not fit all. Some of the considerations for each type of procedure include:
- Your age
- Health risks, such as heart or lung problems
- The amount of weight you need to lose
- Whether or not you have diabetes
- Your lifestyle and the ability to commit to the required lifestyle changes
The type of bariatric surgery you’ll undergo will be a mutual decision between you and your surgeon. Remember – it’s great to take advice from family and friends, but do what’s right for YOU.
Bariatric Surgical Procedures
Our multidisciplinary team includes a nationally-renowned surgeon who is also our director, a board-certified surgeon experienced in all aspects of weight-loss surgery and a program coordinator and registered dietician.
The Minimally Invasive Approach
Crozer Health's bariatric surgeons specialize in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery – a less invasive approach, using a small camera to view internal organs through small (1/4-1 inch) incisions.
Bariatric Diet Counseling
As a patient in Crozer Health’s Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program, you’ll meet regularly with the experts on our Nutrition Services team – both pre-op and post-op – to ensure a successful surgery, a rapid recovery and an enduring healthy lifestyle.
Bariatric Surgery Support Group
These monthly meetings are intended to help you recognize and change your emotional response to food. They also provide a source of understanding and encouragement from bariatric patients just like you.
Our Success Stories
Our patients share their success - and happiness - after making the decision to have bariatric surgery at Crozer Health . Listen to their compelling stories here.
Awards and Accreditations
At the Crozer Health Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program, we’re proud of our success – and we have the awards and honors from prestigious organizations to back it up.
The Bariatric Advantage
Weight loss surgery is a major surgical procedure that gives patients the opportunity for a better, healthier and longer life. Bariatric surgery can improve a patient’s overall quality of life by increasing mobility, enhancing self-image and raising self-esteem. The surgery may also improve medical conditions such as diabetes, high-blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol and arthritis which are often associated with obesity.
A gastric band or sleeve can help a severely obese person lose a significant amount of excess body weight by limiting the amount of food that can be eaten. A gastric bypass further reduces the absorption of calories, fat and certain nutrients from food.
- After a Sleeve gastrectomy studies suggest that a person can anticipate losing about 65 percent of their excess weight and this usually occurs within the first year after surgery.
- After gastric bypass surgery, studies suggest that a patient can anticipate losing up to 80 percent of excess body weight within two years of surgery, and can expect to keep off 70 percent of the excess weight at 10 years.
We’ve streamlined the preoperative process to help you reach your surgery date with as little fuss and drama as possible. After your surgery, we’ll give you the tools and teach you how to use them – but your success depends on you.
The Crozer Health Advantage
We know that struggling with weight loss is frustrating and confusing – and it can seem pretty lonely.
That’s why Crozer Health emphasizes a comprehensive approach to bariatric surgery. In addition to the most advanced surgical procedures, our friendly and experienced staff provides individualized preoperative counseling and ongoing postoperative support.
And unlike like some weight loss programs, you’ll never feel like a customer. From your initial consultation to post-op support, we’ll answer all your questions, help you through the low points and celebrate your successes.
Learn about Bariatric Surgery
Watch Our Online Bariatric Seminar
The Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program offers free, online bariatric surgery educational seminars where all of the available surgical options are explained in detail, including how our program works, the procedures we perform, and what processes are involved when considering weight loss surgery. Most importantly, these seminars help to answer the question: Is bariatric surgery right for you?